The University of Central Missouri Department of Public Safety responded to a report of an accidental discharge of a firearm Monday afternoon, Nov. 4, at an on-campus apartment in Warrensburg, which resulted in the death of Stephon Abron, a student from St. Charles, Mo.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and Warrensburg Police Department have been working with UCM Public Safety to investigate the matter. Upon arrival of the officers at approximately 3:30 p.m., it was apparent there was no ongoing threat to the community.

The investigation has resulted in the arrest of a UCM student, Jeremy Manley, on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

The UCM community is saddened by this tragedy, according to a statement posted by the university. UCM will offer assistance through the counseling center to students who may need support. The Employee Assistance Program is available to assist employers, according to Jeff Murphy, UCM assistant director of Integrated Marketing and Communications.


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